20th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Artistic
Seahorse juvenile on seaweed

Photographed on a black water dive at night out in the Gulf Stream current. I came upon this tiny baby seahorse that was hanging onto the seaweed. A juvenile fish is trying to hide from my lights. Blackwater diving is scuba diving over depth out in the ocean at night to see what comes up and around during the vertical migration- the largest migration on Earth-happens in all oceans around the world every night. Small stuff comes up from the depths to eat or be eaten. We are always seeking deep-sea creatures that normally could be seen only with robotics and expensive exploratory equipment fitted for the marine environment. You must be an advanced diver, and neutral buoyancy is paramount as everything is moving; you, the ocean, the critters and it takes concentration to nail a shot in focus. You are sort of joining the food chain, so you must be totally aware and keep within good distance of your life line that and know where the boat is. You must be mindful of your depth as well as there is nothing to reference your depth except that lifeline with its lights.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 05.2020
Date Uploaded: 11.2022
Photo Location: West Palm Beach, Florida, United States of America
Camera: NIKON D500
Copyright: © Susan Meldonian